This Saturday night, take a break from shopping, decorating, wrapping and baking and enjoy holiday cheer courtesy of Glen Burtnik, who will bring his annnual Xmas Xtravaganza charity show to the State Theatre in New Brunswick.
The December 9 show will feature E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. Burtnik and members of his band, The Weeklings, have been touring with the Mighty Max as part Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, taking requests from the audience and entertaining with covers of classic rock and roll songs.
Scandal singer Patty Smyth–who co-wrote the hit, “Sometimes Love Just ‘Aint Enough” with Burtnik, will also join in the merriment.
The evening’s entertainment–which is mainly Christmas songs with a few surprises–also features Marshall Crenshaw, Remember Jones, Jersey Country duo Williams Honor (with Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown), American Idol alum Brielle Von Hugel, Emily Grove, Tom Brislin, Tony Shanahan (of Patti Smith’s band), Jigs, Lindsey DeSena, Erin Hill, Chuck Buck, Jerzy Jung, Mark Sacco, Jamie Hannigan, Serena Soffer, The Ocean Avenue Stompers, Kayla Hutchins, Jillian Rhys, Sheri Gilmore, Alicia Van Sant, Gina Hyams, Evelyn Leone, Tricia Mozgai, Michele Petrie, Patti Maloney, Darla Rose Taylor, Sally Burtnick, Christina Shafer-Burtnik and the North Brunswick Township High School Percussion Ensemble.
One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Elijah’s Promise anti-hunger organization.
Burtnkik’s band, The Weeklings, recently released an excellent cover of “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” by The Beatles. The song, originally released as a treat for members of The Beatles fan club, gets a fresh twist as The Weeklings pay homage to The Fab Four’s “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” with changed lyrics.
The group also gave the classic, “Revolution,” a Holly Jolly Turn with a mashup of “Winter Wonderland.”
Tickets for the Dec. 9 show are still available. The show starts at 9 p.m. The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.
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